Press Releases

June 13, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Ivey Announce Over $1.3 Million to Enhance Accessibility at College Park MARC Station for Riders with Disabilities

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressman Glenn Ivey (all D-Md) announced $1,395,330 for the Maryland Transit Administration for upgrades to make the College Park MARC station on the Camden Line fully accessible to passengers with disabilities. The renovations will include new 600-foot, low-level platforms that allow riders to board and depart easily from the station. The project also adds safety protections in and around the station that will directly meet the … Continue Reading

June 12, 2024

Van Hollen, Booker, Colleagues, Introduce Resolution Recognizing African American Contributions to Music

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to introduce a resolution celebrating the contributions of African Americans to the musical heritage of the United States and designating June as African American Music Appreciation Month. In addition, the resolution recognizes the lack of access to arts education and training for African American students and calls for greater access to music education. “African American music has always been an integral part of … Continue Reading

June 07, 2024

Van Hollen Statement on Agreement Between Biden Administration and Maryland on Offshore Wind Development

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) made the following statement on the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the State of Maryland outlining plans for the federal government and the State to continue working toward the goal of maximizing offshore wind energy development in the Central Atlantic Ocean.  “Offshore wind holds great promise to lower Marylanders’ energy costs, create good-paying jobs, and drive progress on our … Continue Reading

June 07, 2024

Van Hollen, Kaine, Merkley Introduce Bill to Strengthen State Department Workforce

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), announced the introduction of the State Department Integrity and Transparency Act, legislation to strengthen the State Department workforce and ensure senior State Department leaders are selected based on merit—not money or politics. The bill would ensure these positions are staffed by nonpartisan, experienced, and thoroughly vetted foreign … Continue Reading

June 06, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Murphy, Bipartisan Group of 34 Senators in Pressing Amazon for Answers on the Mistreatment of Delivery Drivers

U.S. Senator Chirs Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and 32 of their colleagues on Thursday in calling on Amazon to provide the information requested by the members in their January 10, 2024 letter regarding the company’s Delivery Service Partner (DSP) program and its efforts to avoid legal liability for the persistent mistreatment of DSP drivers. Van Hollen, Murphy, and the bipartisan group … Continue Reading

June 05, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes Announce Over $620,000 to Improve Road Safety in Annapolis

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md) announced $623,254 to improve road safety in the City of Annapolis. The funding will help the city implement an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) that uses Artificial Intelligence-based traffic signal technology to prevent car accidents. The federal funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant program, which helps local … Continue Reading

June 05, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Ivey Announce Over $650,000 to Improve Road Safety in Laurel and New Carrollton

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressman Glenn Ivey (all D-Md) announced two grants totaling $651,200 to improve local road safety in Prince George’s County. The City of Laurel will receive $451,200, and the City of New Carrollton will receive $200,000, to develop comprehensive safety action plans aimed at preventing serious-injury and fatal roadway crashes. The federal funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Safe Streets and Roads … Continue Reading

June 05, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Biden District Court Nominee Adam Abelson to Senate Judiciary Committee

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today presented Marylander and Magistrate Judge Adam Abelson to the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. After an extensive search throughout the state, Cardin and Van Hollen had recommended Abelson to President Joe Biden for the position. “Judge Abelson’s diversity of experience, leadership in Maryland’s legal field, and commitment to … Continue Reading

June 03, 2024

Van Hollen Announces Award of Distinguished Service Cross to D-Day Veteran Waverly Woodson

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that World War II veteran Waverly B. Woodson, Jr. has been posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest U.S. military honor, for saving countless lives during the Allied Invasion of Normandy of World War II. During the D-Day invasion, as a 21-year-old medic in the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, Woodson spent over 30 hours treating countless fellow soldiers amid intense combat and saved an estimated 200 lives - … Continue Reading

May 30, 2024

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $16 Million to Combat Drug Trafficking, Overdoses

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) today announced $16,587,073 in funding from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to bolster addiction treatment resources and support law enforcement agencies’ efforts to tackle illicit drugs in Maryland communities.  The awards were made available through ONDCP’s High Intensity Drug … Continue Reading

May 30, 2024

Van Hollen, Luján, Colleagues Introduce Resolution to Recognize May as Stroke Awareness Month

This month, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution to recognize May as Stroke Awareness Month. The resolution encourages continued coordination and cooperation between the federal government, researchers, families, and the public to improve prognoses by increasing access to timely treatments for individuals who suffer strokes. “I know firsthand that understanding the warning signs of a stroke, and … Continue Reading

May 29, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin Celebrate $4.5 Million in Direct Federal Investments in West Baltimore to Support Small Business, Workforce Development, Health Care Initiatives

Last week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined local leaders and partners in West Baltimore to highlight $4,500,000 in direct federal investments for two community projects. The lawmakers first visited Open Works, where they were joined by State Senator Cory McCray, Dr. Anthony Jenkins, President of Coppin State University, and Tom Sadowski, Executive Director at the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, to mark the $2,000,000 they secured for the nonprofit to … Continue Reading

May 24, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes Welcome U.S. Navy Steps to Increase Public Access to Greenbury Point

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) welcomed the U.S. Navy’s announcement that it will facilitate enhanced public access to Greenbury Point Conservation Area at Naval Support Activity Annapolis (NSA Annapolis) this summer. Beginning May 31, NSA Annapolis will open the East and West Access roads to the public for up to four days per week - on Sunday, Monday, Friday, and alternating Saturdays most weeks - with the schedule remaining … Continue Reading

May 23, 2024

Van Hollen Statement on Procedural Vote to Move Forward on Legislation to Address Border Security, Combat Fentanyl, and Seek Amendments to Include Dreamers and TPS Recipients

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of proceeding to debate on legislation to address border security and combat fentanyl: “For far too long our nation has been in desperate need of comprehensive immigration reform and measures to improve our border security processes. While Republicans have continuously stonewalled us, taking up this legislation provided the possibility of addressing this broken system. And while the bill … Continue Reading

May 23, 2024

Van Hollen, Sullivan Celebrate 100 Years of the U.S. Foreign Service Ahead of Centennial Anniversary

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), co-founders of the bipartisan Senate Foreign Service Caucus, honored the 100th anniversary of the United States Foreign Service, which will be observed on May 24, 2024. The institution as it is organized today was established through the Rogers Act of 1924, which consolidated and reorganized the existing Diplomatic and Consular Services into a single entity. Since then, the Foreign Service has led U.S. diplomatic … Continue Reading

May 22, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Announce Over $7 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Greater Baltimore Region

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, and Congressman Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $7,640,977 for seven AmeriCorps service projects in Baltimore City and County. This funding, provided through the FY2024 appropriations legislation which the lawmakers worked to pass, will support 560 AmeriCorps volunteers’ efforts to make our communities stronger through initiatives for early education, job training and workforce development, environmental stewardship, and … Continue Reading

May 22, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce NASA’s Reinstatement of Maryland-Led GEDI Mission for Climate Change Research

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is restarting the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) for climate change research on the International Space Station (ISS). It was initially scheduled for de-orbiting in early 2023 in order for a Department of Defense (DOD) technology demonstration, STP-H9, to take its dock. In response to the lawmakers’ urging both in … Continue Reading

May 22, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Warren, Strickland in Reintroducing the Enhancing Oversight to End Discrimination in Policing Act to Strengthen Accountability and Combat Discriminatory Police Practices

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Representative Marilyn Strickland (D-Wash.) announced the reintroduction of the Enhancing Oversight to End Discrimination in Policing Act of 2024, to strengthen the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) and state governments’ ability to hold police and other officials accountable for discriminatory practices.  The additional Senate co-sponsors of this bill include Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Mazie … Continue Reading

May 21, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $732,410 for Education, Health Care, Recreation, and Economic Projects in Western Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $732,410 in Appalachian Regional Commission funding for six projects in Western Maryland. “Western Maryland is growing. As its educational institutions, local governments, and nonprofits work together to support this growth, our Delegation is fighting to secure investments that support the region’s priorities,” said the lawmakers. “These federal funds will support Western Maryland … Continue Reading

May 21, 2024

Van Hollen, Warnock Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Scams Targeting Seniors

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help better protect seniors from financial securities fraud. The Senators’ legislation, the Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act, creates a new grant program, implemented by the Securities and Exchange Commission, that would work closely with state securities regulators and insurance commissioners to protect senior investors. According to a 2023 report, older … Continue Reading

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